Congratulations go to Matthew Gould, who successfully completed his PhD Viva on the 12 June after writing a thesis on the United Nations voting system.

Matthew's thesis title was An Economic Analysis of the Councils of the United Nations, in which he examines how countries are elected to the United Nations Security Council.

Matthew explores how council elections can be modified to make them more equitable and his results have important implications for any future changes to the United Nations voting system.

The examiners were very impressed with Matthew's thesis quality and recommend that he be awarded the PhD degree, subject to minor amendments being made within a 3-month time period. Matthew's supervisory team consisted of Professor Peter Urwin, Dr Franz Buscha and Dr Anna Conte.

Matthew is currently working as a researcher at Brunel University and we wish him the very best in his future career. ​

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